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Recap: Pissed off Pierce leads Cs over Raptors

Chuck - Red's Army January 2, 2011 Uncategorized 7 Comments

Paul Pierce was not pleased with his peformance versus the Hornets and it was the Raptors who paid the price.

Pierce had 30 points (10-15 FG), 7 rebounds, 4 assists and just 1 turnover. It was his vicious 4th quarter throw-down dunk that sparked the late Celtics rally which finished off the Raptors.

Glen Davis didn't shoot particularly well (6-14 FG) but he filled up the box score – 15 points, 11 rebounds and 8 assists.

The Celtics cranked up the intensity over the final 5 minutes. There was a noticeable difference in Shaq's play. He grabbed 3 boards and blocked 2 shots during the span.

Playing for the first time in two weeks, Rajon Rondo looked… rusty – 4 points, 8 assists and 5 TOs. He appeared gimpy after Linas Kleiza stepped on his injured left ankle in the 3rd quarter. While it's highly unlikely Kleiza's move was intentional, like Tommy, I was suspicious of the play.

I liked the energy from Jermaine O'Neal (6 points, 6 rebounds and 2 blocks).

What didn't I like? The rebounding (Tor 49-37) and points in the paint (Tor 42-32).

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  • http://profile.typepad.com/timmeh23 KGDunks

    Rondo looked rusty but looked better in the second half still isn’t moving freely

  • Mileke

    Good signs for the C’s today, really controlled this game from start to finish, though the score was close!!!!

  • Lee in Oregon

    That was a sick dunk by Pierce, followed by a nice pass to Ray for the open 3. The captain has been a stud lately.
    Glad to have Rondo back, but it looks like Pierce twisted something at the end. I’m also not sure that Kleiza stepping on Rondo’s ankle was unintentional, that pissed me off.
    That DeRozen kid can score.

  • BRADinLA

    The rebounding sucks because KG and Perk are still out. Rondo is another one of our rebounding threats and he was rusty. We’re all good. No worries.

  • Mileke

    I need to see that clip of Kleiza stepping on Rondo’s ankle, cause I’m bout ready to kick his ass right now, && he should be fined for it, since the league seems to wanna fine evvery CELTIC!!!!!

  • Goceltics

    Luv it when the Captain gets Nasty. Wow! Team had a Swag after that one.

  • hi

    big baby shooting nearly 50% isnt particularly well?
    meh